A New Planetary Confederacy: The Iroquois Legacy with Jean Houston

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American democracy was not inherited from ancient Greece. The Iroquois nation's peaceful, democratic system of governance informed and inspired the founding fathers of the United States. This dialogue explores the roots of democracy in Iroquois legend, in the original story of Hiawatha and how he helped Deganawidah, the legendary Peacemaker. Also included is a glimpse of New Dimensions' vision of worldwide, 24-hour positive-audio broadcasts, and Houston's own eloquent vision of honoring cultural integrity while moving toward planetary awakening. "Change the story, you change perception," she says. "Change perception, you change the world." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Jean Houston is a visionary thinker, teacher, and philosopher who pioneered the Human Potential Movement and established the Social Artistry leadership model that she used in her work with the United Nations Development Programme.

She is the author of nearly thirty books, including:

To learn more about the work of Jean Houston go to www.jeanhouston.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Houston's luminous vision for the new millennium
  • The role of Native Americans at a U.N. religious leaders conference
  • How Houston's Mystery School explores human possibilities
  • The real story of Hiawatha
  • The Iroquois influence on European political philosophy
  • The three aspects of peaceful, just government and society
  • The expanding vision of New Dimensions' broadcasting outreach
  • Accessing personal and cultural growth through electronic networks
  • How real cultural exchange "hides" behind economic white noise
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 4/24/1995        Program Number: 2523